When you do the kind of work that Tony & I do, you meet the most interesting people. No weekend at flea markets is ever the same and I like it that way. Overall, I believe the Farm On Holly’s Hill has the best customers. On Saturday, we had the pleasure of staying at the Sleepy Hollow Bed & Breakfast owned by two of our customers, Mike & Toni Tuttle.
Most weekends spent at McKinney doing the Third Monday Trades Days finds us in a hotel room in the evening. These nights are pleasant enough, but we don’t really relax. Tony needs space and something green and growing in sight when you look out the window to be able to unwind and I need the absence of sports teams and their parents that are usually buzzed. Honestly, before the night at Sleepy Hollow, we really didn’t realize that it was possible to rest and relax so when we were working.
The city of McKinney has certainly grown over the past few years, but there are a few pockets left that are still country. Sleepy Hollow is tucked at the end of a little country road just minutes from the downtown. The owners have done a wonderful job of keeping the atmosphere peaceful and beautiful. The plantings create little snapshots with just the right plant in just the right place. Many paths lead you through the woods and meadows, there are even nesting sites of Blue Herons visible from the Wedding Meadow. The Wedding Meadow is a small meadow with an enormous tree spreading its branches out creating a very intimate atmosphere.
I was smitten with this place. Tony was calmer than I have seen him in a long time. For those of you who know us, you are probably thinking “When is Tony not calm?” Well, he gets tense in his own way and all the going and blowing we do this time of year has had him on edge. A few hours of wandering through the woods, sitting in the swings, and staring at the pretty pond with a lovely bridge and he was good as new.
Not only did we enjoy the outside of Sleepy Hollow, the inside was just as relaxing. Given the cool temperatures, we slept with the windows open. If you have never fallen asleep to the night chorus of frogs, crickets, and wind chimes, you have been missing out. Then we awoke to the birds singing and the pretty wind chimes. We took another walk before breakfast. Breakfast was wonderful, truly the best quiche I have ever had with fruit and grits, muffins and rolls. What a way to start the day! Usually, by Sunday I am really ready to go home and have no desire to deal with people. But, when you have given your soul rest and your body rest things are different. We got to our booth relaxed and in a good mood. So, we reserved a night for next month.
If you are needing a getaway, I highly recommend staying a Sleepy Hollow B&B in McKinney, Texas. Mike & Toni Tuttle are gracious hosts and very enjoyable. Check them out @ http://www.sleepyhollowhideawaybandb.com/